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India: Security forces cannot claim immunity under AFSPA, must face trial for violations

Headline Title:  India: Security forces must face trial for violations 07 February 2012 Members of the Indian army must stand trial when facing charges of serious violations of human rights, instead of hiding behind the controversial  Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA), Amnesty International said today.On 4 February, India’s Supreme Court stated that the Indian army could not invoke the AFSPA to avoid the prosecution of eight officers charged with the March 2000 killing of five Kashmiri villagers at Pathribal. Under the often criticized special powers, security personnel…

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